Festivals are back! 10 amazing Manitoba festivals + events to check out this summer
May 25, 2022
| Author Breanne Sewards
Festival-goers can celebrate once again as a number of exciting events get ready to make their return this summer in Manitoba.
Festivals bring us together. And as pillars of community, collaboration and celebration, festivals make our summers feel complete. With so many of our favourite festivals making their triumphant return, it's time to gather once again and join into the fun.
Whether you want to dance the night away at a music festival or expand your horizons at a cultural event, here are 10 festivals you can look forward to in summer 2022.
1. Icelandic Festival of Manitoba
July 29 to August 1, 2022 | Gimli
Velkomin to Islendingadagurinn, or the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba. Located in the heart of New Icelandic aka Gimli, the festival celebrates all things Icelandic culture and heritage. Watch Viking re-enactors battle it out and live the old Norse way of life, or try Icelandic food and beverages like the famous vinarterta. Earn your honourary Icelander status at the 'Get Dinged' ceremony and enjoy a full weekend of midway fun. This year, the festival is welcoming special guest Magnús Ver Magnússon, 4x World Strongest Man and legendary Icelander, to host the MVM Classic Gimli, a world-class strongman event showcasing traditional Icelandic feats of strength.
2. Red River Ex
June 17 to 26, 2022 | Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg
You know summer has officially kicked off when the Red River Ex is in town. Operating annually since 1952, the Ex is a chance to relish in some good ol' nostalgia while also making new memories with family and friends. Whether you go for the midway rides, the games, The Big Red Barn petting zoo or the live entertainment, expect this year's event to be bigger and better than ever.
This year, the Red River Ex will also celebrate Indigenous Day with a lively powwow featuring dancers, drummers and more.
5. Morden Corn & Apple Festival
August 26 to 28, 2022 | Morden
Morden's beloved Corn & Apple Festival entices thousands every year with two simple phrases: It's fun. It's free. Families from all over Manitoba gather for one last summer hurrah with a full weekend of midway rides, live entertainment and, of course, plenty of buttery corn and fresh apple cider.
6. Manitoba Stampede & Exhibition
July 22 to 24, 2022 I Morris
Grab your cowboy hat and join into the fun at Morris's signature event, the Manitoba Stampede & Exhibition. As Manitoba's only professional rodeo, you will be thrilled by feats such as bull riding, barrel racing and the antics of the rodeo clown. Spend the whole day to make time for the midway, the saloon, the agricultural fair and a pop up from Time Lapse Escape Rooms.
9. Dauphin's Countryfest
July 1 to 3, 2022 | Dauphin
That's right, yet another opportunity to dust off those cowboy boots! Canada's longest running country music festival returns to Dauphin for another year of camping and country. With over 14,000 attendees per day, Dauphin's Countryfest attracts top talent and this year's lineup is no exception with country artists Paul Brandt and Johnny Reid on the roster.
About The Author
Hey! I'm Breanne, Editorial Content Specialist for Travel Manitoba. First to jump in the lake and last to make it down the River Trail. Lover of croissants, cats, and croissant-shaped cats. Got a story idea? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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